The Abortions Rights Coalition of Canada still feels that there is still a lot that needs to be done when it comes to the reproductive rights of women. There has been some progress since the Supreme Court in Canada threw out the unconstitutional abortion law in 1988. In recent years they are facing other pro-choice groups disbanding so they need extra support building a coalition to help improve abortion access. ARCC faces the anti-choice movement because it’s very active and strong today. Its stated on the website that “Anti-choice activist remain committed to various campaigns, such as working to defund abortion, spreading misinformation, and promoting laws to restrict abortion; through there hasn’t yet to be any violence they still receive low-level harassment.”
I am going to post there mission statement and their vision about what they want out of there nation to give a better understanding how they view reproductive rights.
Our Mission: To ensure women’s reproductive freedom by protecting and advancing access to abortion and quality reproductive health care.
- To achieve equality, all women must have the right to decide for themselves whether and when they will bear children, and how many. Without control of their fertility, women cannot have autonomy over their lives and cannot play a full and equal role in society.
- Women have a constitutionally-based right to unrestricted, fully-funded abortion, without legal or other barriers or discrimination due to gender, class, ethnicity, race, age, location/region (or area of residence), or any other characteristic, including reasons for choosing an abortion. The rights of pregnant women must not be abridged—a pregnant woman is “one person” under the constitution.
- Women have the right to receive a full range of reproductive healthcare options, services, and information, including (but not limited to) medical and surgical abortion, contraception, family planning services, and comprehensive sexual health education.
- Women have the right to access reproductive healthcare services safely and in a timely manner, in an atmosphere of dignity, privacy, respect, trust, and compassion.
- All abortions are medically required—not “elective”—and fall under the protection of the Canada Health Act (just like all childbirths). The delivery and funding of abortion and other medically required reproductive healthcare services must meet the Act’s five principles.
- Providers of reproductive health care services have the right to deliver such services free of discrimination, harassment, and violence.
The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada states on its issues link that abortion is medically necessary. “It should not be left to politicians or religious leaders to determine what is and what is not medically necessary.” On the websites link about abortions there is a tab that is about sex selection abortions. “In 2005 a new test promised to accurately identify the gender of the embryo as early as five weeks. A major concern around sex selection abortions is that female fetuses will more likely be aborted than a male fetuses, particularly by women whose cultures have traditionally valued males more than females.” (Position Paper #24) How the Abortion Rights of Canada deals with sex selection abortions is in Canada women do not have to provide a reason of why they are receiving an abortion. They state it is important for them to remember that they cannot restrict women’s right to abortion just because some women might make decisions that they disagree with. If women feel obligated to abort a female fetus; these women are still dealt with in a compassionate and safe way.